Thursday, September 8, 2011

Weekend Events!

Hang up that rain jacket and get ready for a sunny & event-saturated weekend to kick off the fall season!

For starters, President Obama will be speaking at the University of Richmond tomorrow morning at 11:30. "What?! Why!?", you ask. Well, he'll be speaking on his latest efforts to jump start the economy and create jobs. The event is free as well as open to the public; however, you'll need to secure a ticket to be enter the Robins Center. See UR's website for additional information on tickets, parking and shuttles.

On Saturday, get your grub on at Whole Foods Market's Food Truck Festival out in Short Pump! Many of Richmond's infamous food carts will be featured at the event, which lasts from noon to 6 pm.

Also on Saturday, the highly anticipated RVA Music Fest will get underway! This city-wide two day event will kick off with a series of "showcases" at various locations and will then carry into Sunday with a main event taking place in Shockoe Bottom at the farmer's market. The two stage lineup boasts an impressive cast including Girl Talk, Best Coast, Diamond Center, No BS Brass Band, Black Girls and many many more talented folks. Check out the official schedule for more roster information. Tickets for the main event will cost you $22 in advance, $30 at the gate.

If you're more of the literary type, Richmond Young Writers is hosting its first ever All-Write, All-Night Writing Marathon at Chop Suey in Carytown! This uber-creative 26.2 hour event features an array of exciting workshops led by several talented Richmonders including both of the RYW founders, a cookout in the evening to fuel participants and an hour of yoga the following morning to rejuvenate tired writer's minds. The event will start at 10 am on Saturday and will run straight through Sunday at 12:12 pm. Good luck to anyone who participates!

And finally, on Sunday, HandsOn Greater Richmond is leading efforts to revitalize our beloved Belle Isle. The event is an open call for volunteers to clean up graffiti and pick up litter as a part of the September 11 National Day of Service, which is a nationally recognized initiative to honor those who were lost and those who served in response to the attacks 10 years ago. If you're interested in pitching in, be sure to check out the official event webpage to reserve a spot and for important information on what to wear, bring and expect.

The old hydro plant on Belle Isle.

Emily Jones

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